The Best Multi-day Family River Rafting Adventure in the West

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Sure, you can still take all the selfies you want. But basically you’re unplugged for five days and four nights while you reconnect with the natural world.

That’s the promise and premise of what may well be the best multi-day family river rafting adventure in the West on the Green River through Utah’s Desolation Canyon. Western River Expeditions ( offers this experience throughout the summer.

“The Desolation Canyon (Green River) trip is probably one of the best all-around river trips I have ever experienced! It has something for everyone, fun rapids, calm water, hikes and scenery. I would highly recommend this trip to any and everyone no matter their age,” reported one guest who hails from the river rafting territory of Utah.

Ages 5 and up can participate in this world-class river experience that runs weekly throughout May, June (2, 10, 18 25) and July (4, 12, 20, 26) and on two early August departures (1 and 8). The per person, double, rate for ages 16 and up is $1,595; and for ages 5-15, $995. Rates include a scenic flight to the Green River from Moab, transfers, rafting, hiking, camping (cots, tents, sleeping bags, chairs and water-resistant bag), and all meals between departure and return. For details please see

The lore and mystery of the West come alive as guests explore Utah’s famous outlaw hideouts, ancient dinosaur habitats and Fremont Native American petroglyphs off the shores of the Green River’s whitewater that promises thrills galore while rafting down river over 60 fun-filled Class II and III rapids. This river is a tease from start to finish through Desolation Canyon whether in two-person inflatable kayaks or clustered in an oar boat with a Western River guide. The fun begins with a scenic flight from Moab to the top of a dramatic desert plateau. Here the river just slithers along, but wait. Winding through a remarkable wilderness of twisted mountains, dramatic cliffs and towering plateaus carved by an ancient inland sea, the river reveals stories that stretch back over 40 million years in geologic history as guests paddle and splash 88 river miles.

Western River Expeditions helped put Desolation Canyon on the map for families, and in the past three years interest has been unprecedented, breaking reservation records in 2015 and 2016 and experiencing a 36 percent increase to date in 2017 over 2016.

Brandon Lake, Western’s CMO attributes the growth to the fact that Utah itself is in high demand because of the state’s successful Mighty Five ad campaign.

“The fact that families can truly disconnect while they’re on the Green is also a huge factor,” says Lake. “The popularity of our Grand Canyon trips, with reservations already looking solid into 2018 and nearly sold out for 2017, means that clients are turning to other comparable rivers for their rafting vacation.”

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2017 catalog, questions, availability and reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669), or visit the recently enhanced website at:

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